More professionals are using posture analysis and posture pro as a way to create a baseline of exercise programming and spinal care for their clients. Without assessing their clients, professionals can misdiagnose and injure them by giving them the wrong types of exercises and strategies. It is analogous to a physician suggesting a patient have open-heart surgery when the patient has only severe heartburn. Posture analysis helps healthcare professionals gauge their clients’ physical progress throughout their training periods.
In our facility, Surrey Chiropractic Clinic uses two types of posture analysis: static and dynamic. In static analysis, the client stands in front of a grid (body map) and is viewed from all sides in a standing position using a posture pro analysis system. In dynamic analysis, Dr. Maxwell views the client in various movement patterns, such as walking, squatting, and lunging. This gives the Dr. Maxwell feedback on how the client maintains his stability and balance while in motion.
Posture analysis helps the Dr. Maxwell identify weaknesses, strengths and muscle imbalances. For example, if a client has a postural kyphosis (excessive curvature of the thoracic spine), then the shoulders round forward, causing the chest muscles to be tight and short, which inhibits the client’s ability to reach up without arching the back. Once the nature and cause of the condition is identified, our clinic healthcare professionals will provide an exercise plan to help improve the condition by focusing on posture and performance. Some exercises might include pulling exercises, core and hip strengthening, and stretches to counterbalance the stress.
Postural analysis helps healthcare professionals determine whether their clients’ exercise program is working. If the clients exhibit less pain, more freedom of movement or higher sports performance, then the program is likely working in their favor. At this point, trainers can decide whether their clients are able to advance to higher levels of training.
One common posture test is the overhead squat, which looks at how the ankle, knee, hip, spine and shoulders move while squatting down and standing up. To pass this test, you must be able to squat below your knees while maintaining a tall spine with your arms raised completely over your head. If you are not able to do so, then there are one or two deviations that prevent you from squatting fully, such as a weak core and hips or tight and weak back muscles.